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Changes To Ontario’s Family Court System Announced

The province unveiled several changes to the family court system on Thursday that will make the process of divorce much easier and less combative and expensive.

Once these changes are in place, couples looking to legally split will have improved access to mediators, arbitrators or collaborative lawyers, which help to create a much more civil end to a marriage.

The province’s new measures will also speed up the legal process. However, no new money will be used to fund these changes. Instead, the government plans to reallocate existing resources.

One critic praised the decision, but added that it didn’t go far enough. Toronto lawyer Philip Epstein told The Canadian Press that Ontario needed a unified court system, and specialized judges.

With files from The Canadian Press.